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For most folks, a blow to the head does nothing but make you a bit dull witted. But for some lucky individuals, a serious head injury is like a one-way ticket to Einsteinland.

Take Jason Padgett, for example. Dude got in a bar fight and it turned him into a math genius.

True story.

Padgett is one of about 40 known individuals with “acquired savant syndrome,” according to a recent profile in the New York Post. After his injury, he found he was suddenly able to comprehend complex geometrical problems and he grew obsessed with math and physics.

“I believe I am living proof that these powers lie dormant in all of us,” Padget says.

This guy might be on to something. He is a genius, after all.

Next time you feel confused about an important decision?


When you are stumped by a Sunday crossword puzzle.


In those quiet midnight moments when you are overwhelmed by the infinite complexity of the cosmos?


With just a few precisely-targeted concussions, you could be well on your way to a Nobel Prize.

Then again, if brain busting was really so effective at boosting cognitive ability then we would expect college football players to sweep the valedictorian awards across the nation. That doesn’t seem to be happening.

In all seriousness, I’m glad things worked out so well for Mr. Padgett, but I cannot recommend this method of skull bashing brain boosting. Sounds far too painful.

Plus, it would be weird if college football players actually started doing their homework. Just think how deserted those weekend keg parties would get.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

Follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanHarden

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Be careful what you say,
be careful what you do;
Someone, somewhere,
is watching you.

The University of Kentucky is watching its students very closely these days, spending $5 million to install 2,000 cameras around campus.

Full story here.

(Via: Drudge)



When you really have to pee at Columbia University, there is one question that must be answered before you can go: What is my gender today?

If you are biologically male, for instance, but feel like a female, you may feel the need to use the ladies restroom. And why shouldn’t you? If the girl in the stall next to you doesn’t like to take her pants down next to a man she doesn’t know, that’s just evidence of her hetero-normative bigotry. That’s why the Obama administration ruled in 2012 that dudes who feel like ladies have a right to use the women’s bathrooms on campus, no matter how unsafe that makes the women on campus feel.

There are other bathroom problems to be solved in the social engineering laboratories that are our esteemed universities. If, for instance, you feel neither male nor female, or in the lingo of the times, if you are “gender non-conforming,” “transsexual,” or “gender questioning,” then you may feel the need to have a bathroom specially designated as gender-neutral. That way you do not feel oppressed by the gender labels that society tends to force upon people.

This is more than simply making a bathroom unisex–as in the common case of a single-stall facility designated for use by either a man or a woman. On the contrary, new gender-neutral bathrooms specifically omit the famous Man/Woman stick figure signs and are designated as “gender inclusive.” Meaning, I guess, that you can walk in and not be oppressed by the ethereal presence of the sexual identity you were born with.

What sort of person actually needs (or thinks he needs) such elaborate accommodations wherever he goes? Take, for instance, Ignacio Rivera, a recent guest speaker at the University of Wisconsin who describes himself as “a ‘Two-Spirit, Black-Boricua Taíno, queer performance artist, activist, filmmaker, lecturer and sex educator who prefers the gender neutral pronoun ‘they.’”

If you are the kind of person who insists that others must use the awkward pronoun “they” to refer to you, as a single individual, or if you demand that others refer to you by a made-up words such as “ze”, “sie”, or “ve”, then you also probably believe that others should build special bathrooms wherever you happen to go just so you don’t have to define yourself in terms of the socially-constructed gender binary system, which, of course, you believe has nothing to do at all with the anatomy between your legs.

So, tens or perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars later, a university can provide you with the holy grail of progressive identity politics– a “gender-neutral bathroom.” That’s what the good folks at Columbia University are now doing.

And if you think these kinds of accommodations and expenses are unnecessary, then you will probably be accused of “transphobia and transmisogyny” before long.

This is all an exercise in futility. By the time you are done worrying about where in the heck you are allowed to go to the bathroom, and what pronoun best fits your particular self that day, you probably will have wet your pants anyway.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

Follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanHarden


Legal Insurrection reports the latest achievement of Duke University student turned porn star Belle Knox:

Belle Knox, who is paying her tuition at Duke University by working as a porn star, is inspiring New York co-eds to follow in her stilettos.

Since word got out that the petite brunette will perform May 2 at the all-nude Show Palace in Queens, the club has been flooded with applications from would-be teen strippers.

The club’s manager Mike Diaz told me, “We are getting bombarded, five to 10 applicants a day. The Knox story is bringing them in.”

Read more.

This is what women’s empowerment looks like in the 21st century, apparently.

Eat your heart out, Betty Friedan.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

Follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanHarden


White liberals looooooove diversity. We all know that because they tell us all the time. They are 100% dedicated to defeating racial inequality–they tell us that all the time too.

Therefore one assumes that when a highly accomplished black woman is invited to address students, the white liberals’ dedication to racial justice would cause them to rejoice.

Therefore when an extremely intelligent black woman with a PhD, who speaks Russian, is a professor at Stanford, and has held one of the highest political offices in the nation is invited to be a guest speaker on campus, one would assume that all of the white liberals on campus would be lining up on the front row to hear her speak.

Therefore when Condoleezza Rice visits the university, one assumes the white liberals would welcome her warmly and respectfully, despite the fact that she is a Republican.

Well, that’s a lot of assumptions we just made. Let’s take a look at what really happened. Eric Owens of the Daily Caller reports a few details:

A small group of angry white liberals is trying to force the administration at the University of Minnesota to revoke a speaking invitation extended to Condoleezza Rice because she played a role in the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan…

She is slated to deliver a speech on April 17 on civil rights as part of the “Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series” at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The two white people attempting to block Rice’s appearance at the University of Minnesota are math professor William Messing and undergraduate student Nick Theis.

Read more.

Ah, yes. Diversity.

Do you believe for a second that this has to do with Rice’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan? After all, as you may recall, former Senator Hillary Clinton and just about every other Democrat in Congress voted to authorize those wars. Do you believe that professor William Messing would be running around trying to boot Hillary off campus because of her vote if it had been her who was invited to give a speech?

No, no. This is about one thing–Rice’s affiliation with the Republican party.

You see, liberals hate Republicans, especially black Republicans. And black people who dare to venture away from the Democratic party are targets for liberals’ most bitter political vitriol. (See Clarence Thomas, Allen West, Ben Carson, Janice Rogers Brown, etc.)

In a a reversal of literal meaning reminiscent of the worst Soviet agitprop, the word “diversity” on the left today means precisely the opposite. If you are a black person, they consider you diverse only if you hold political views in line with the liberal/Democratic masses. You cannot think differently, or else they cast you aside or, as is happening up at the University of Minnesota, they try to demonize you and silence you.

Thankfully, the University of Minnesota rejected the effort to block Condi Rice’s speech, and she is expected to appear as scheduled later this week.

Unfortunately, the damage is done at UM. Outpourings of liberal bias against black conservatives such as this latest example do have a stiffing effect on political speech. And, perhaps worst of all, it reveals just how shallow the left’s commitment to “diversity” really is–since that commitment only seems to remain in effect so long as black people agree to loyally support the Democratic party.

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

Follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanHarden

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Oppression is the default government-to-citizen relationship in socialist Venezuela. Corruption, police brutality, violation of civil liberties–all of these are commonplace in the people’s paradise that is post-Hugo Chavez Venezuela.

However, some folks are fighting back. News recently emerged that a group of Venezuelan college students thought they could fight back against the violation of their liberties by–what else?–taking nude pictures of themselves and posting the photos online.

This naked protest movement comes in the wake of an attack on students by a group of government-allied militants known as “collectivos” who view themselves as “defenders of revolutionary socialism.”

I like that cute little name, “collectivos.” How delightfully Stalinist! Or, should we say, Chávezist? (Don’t even try to pronounce Chávezist, by the way. You will injure your tongue.)

We have no love for the collectivos of the world here at The College Fix. And we are sympathetic to the cause of the student protestors. But we do wonder what adding a few more naked pictures to the porn-saturated internet is going to do to stop these thugs from robbing people of their freedom.

Anyway, if you are interested, the naked kids are readily visible online under the hashtag truism #MejorDesnudosQueSinLibertad (better naked than without liberty).

The slogan is solid gold. You can’t argue with that logic. Being pantless is indeed far better than being libertyless.

Take that, bad oppressive government!

Just imagine if the founding fathers of America had adopted a similar philosophy during the drafting of the U.S. constitution. Madison, Hamilton and Washington could have rid themselves of those tight breeches and stifling collars. What a difference that would have made. With such a palpable sense of freedom, the delegates would probably have overcome their differences and ratified a new constitution in a matter of days rather than months.

Alongside freedom of the press and the right to vote, freedom to post naked selfies to the internet would have been enumerated as a constitutional right.

On second thought, perhaps the decision of America’s founding revolutionaries to keep their clothes on was for the best.

Read (and see) more about the Venezuelan protestors at

Nathan Harden is editor of The College Fix and author of the book SEX & GOD AT YALE: Porn, Political Correctness, and a Good Education Gone Bad.

Follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanHarden

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